Two suspected armed robbers have been apprehended for breaking into a Redeemed Christian Church of God parish in Sagamu, Ogun State.
The suspects, Fidelis Francis, 28, and Lukman Jimoh, 40, allegedly scaled the fence and broke into the church with an iron bar.
After burgling the church, the suspected armed robbers reportedly hid in a bush for about five hours before returning to where they parked their operational vehicle near a bush near the scene of the incident.
Men from the state police command, who had been waiting for them for hours, apprehended them and returned them to the crime scene.
DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the state Police Public Relations Officer, said in a statement on Wednesday that the incident occurred on Monday around 2 a.m. when the suspects attacked the church at the GRA, Sagamu.
Oyeyemi went on to say that while Francis lives in Udem, Cross River State, Jimoh lives in Akure, Ondo State.
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He claimed that the Divisional Police Officer at the Sagamu Divisional Police Headquarters received a distress call about the attack and led his team to the scene.
“In response to the distress call, the DPO Sagamu Division, CSP Okiki Agunbiade, mobilized his men and local vigilantes to the scene,” the statement said.
However, the robbers had escaped by scaling the fence before the police arrived.
“While combing the surrounding bush, the cops spotted a Lexus saloon car with the license plate KJA 469 EP parked in a get-away position not far from the church.
“The operatives suspected that the vehicle had been parked by the suspects, so they set up surveillance in the area and waited to see who would come for the vehicle at that unusual hour.
“After about five hours of waiting, the two suspects arrived, and while attempting to move the vehicle away, the policemen swooped on them and apprehended them.
“During the search of the vehicle, two iron bars similar to those recovered from the crime scene were discovered.
“This increased police suspicion, and the two men were taken to the church, where CCTV footage of the two suspects breaking into the church was shown.
“After seeing the video evidence, the two suspects had no choice but to confess to the crime,” Oyeyemi stated.
The PPRO went on to say that the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, praised his officers’ professionalism.
According to Oyeyemi, Ajogun has ordered a thorough investigation into the case with the goal of charging the suspects as soon as possible.
Courtesy: within nigeria